What Chris Pratt And His Brother Are Doing For At-Risk Kids Is Beyond Classy

Cully Pratt, a police officer, artist, and older brother of actor Chris Pratt, is teaming up with his megastar sibling to help kids in rough neighborhoods that are plagued by gang activity and astronomically high school drop out rates.

We need more folks like this in Hollywood. Like yesterday.

Pratt and his famed brother came together last fall to support The Leaven at the Christian organization’s annual “Mayor’s Gala” event, and Pratt has continued to be a vocal proponent, recently telling “The Pure Flix Podcast” that The Leaven is offering a truly unique after-school mentor and tutor program.

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“They are the solution. I’ve been in law enforcement now … coming on 16 years,” Pratt said. “And this is one of the best programs that I’ve seen to where [police] departments involved, fire departments are involved, and leaders of the community are involved.”

Mark Lillis, executive director of The Leaven, explained that his organization’s work takes place in “high-density, high-crime neighborhoods,” with both he and Pratt explaining how these after school and mentoring centers “change communities from the inside out.”

Cully Pratt, a California police officer and artist — who also happens to be older brother to Hollywood megastar Chris Pratt — is on a mission to help kids in tough neighborhoods plagued by gang activity and out-of-control drop-out rates.

Pratt and his famed brother came together last fall to support The Leaven at the Christian organization’s annual “Mayor’s Gala” event, and Pratt has continued to be a vocal proponent, recently telling “The Pure Flix Podcast” that The Leaven is offering a truly unique after-school mentor and tutor program.

“They are the solution. I’ve been in law enforcement now … coming on 16 years,” Pratt said. “And this is one of the best programs that I’ve seen to where [police] departments involved, fire departments are involved, and leaders of the community are involved.”

Mark Lillis, executive director of The Leaven, explained that his organization’s work takes place in “high-density, high-crime neighborhoods,” with both he and Pratt explaining how these after school and mentoring centers “change communities from the inside out.”

“We establish a tutoring center within the neighborhood and it’s kindergarten through fifth grade, because we were told by the Department of Education … that, at the third grade level, if a child is behind there’s a high, high probability that they will be dropping out of high school,” Lillis said.

The Leaven helps children with homework, developing healthy eating habits, reading intervention, and all sorts of things to aid kids in their development.

But the organization isn’t just for children. Part of their mission is to help parents get through their own personal struggles, which includes financial education and college preparation for students.

The Leaven was formed in 2009 out of Fairfield, California as a partnership between city, churches, and local school districts. The whole idea behind the project was to create a learning center in the middle of difficult neighborhoods, places that would provide a safe place for kids to learn.

Source: TheBlaze

Michael Stanley is a professional writer with 10 years of experience who has previously written for Young Conservatives, Allen West, and many others.
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